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Kansas Still Criminalizes ‘Unnatural’ Sex Eight Years After This Law Was Declared Unconstitutional

By Ian Millhiser  

"Kansas Still Criminalizes ‘Unnatural’ Sex Eight Years After This Law Was Declared Unconstitutional"


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Eight years ago, in its landmark decision in Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court held that it is almost never the government’s business what consenting adults do in the bedroom. Among other things, this law sounded the death knell to so-called sodomy laws that criminalized same-sex coupling. Nevertheless, the state of Kansas has yet to repeal its unconstitutional law criminalizing “‘unnatural’ sexual activities, like oral and anal sex.” In response, a civil rights group known as the Kansas Equality Coalition is petitioning Gov. Sam Brownback to erase this blight on his state’s legal code. Given Brownback’s long history of anti-gay activity, however, it is unlikely that he will be swayed by something as insignificant as the Constitution.

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